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O’Donnell cancels remainder of tour as father in-law remains critical

Daniel O'Donnell
Daniel O’Donnell

DANIEL O’DONNELL has cancelled the remainder of his British tour as his father in-law Tom remains in a critical condition in a Tenerife hospital.

The Donegal singer was due to finish a lengthy tour in Llandudno, Wales, on October 21 but will now remain by the side of Tom Roche.

Yesterday, the Irish Post reported that O’Donnell had pulled dates in Norwich (last night and Sunday), Croydon (tonight -Tuesday 15) and Eastbourne (tomorrow) as he jetted out to Tenerife on Saturday.

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The newly announced cancelled dates include shows in Manchester, Plymouth and Cardiff.

Mr Roche suffered a brain hemorrhage following a serious accident at his home in the Canary Islands.

In a statement on his Facebook page O’Donnell’s managements said: “Daniel’s father in-law Tom is still in a critical condition in hospital in Tenerife. The remainder of the UK tour has now been cancelled.

“Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused and we will let you know as soon as we have any further news.”

Majella O Donnell talks with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show
Majella O Donnell talks with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show

News of his father-in-law’s illness comes during a tough year for O’Donnell after his wife Majella, 53, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.

She has since beaten the disease and is currently continuing treatment for her recovery.

O’Donnell met Majella in 1999 after being introduced to her by her parents Tom and his Marion, who ran a bar in Tenerife.

The couple wed in 2002.


Steve Cummins

Steve is the Irish Post's digital media & entertainment editor and looks after the paper's website and weekly entertainment supplement, Rí-Rá. Follow him @steve_cummins

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7 comments on “O’Donnell cancels remainder of tour as father in-law remains critical”

  1. Phil price

    I am sorry to hear about Tom whom I know through several holidays 4doors down from where he lives, him and his wife which is your mother in law Marianne me and my wife send all our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Tom who we have got to know fairly well and we are shocked to find out about his accident as we have only left him 2 weeks ago. We know that you and Majela are having a particularly hard time through illness and we send you all our very best wishes at this trying time especially for Tom and Majela and hope their health improves. Best wishes to all.

    Phil and Janet price

  2. Sue

    Get well soon Tom we will miss you Daniel o Donnell :-(

  3. Helena Haldane

    I,am very saddened to hear the sad news of Majella,s fathers death my thoughts and prayers go out to Majella and Daniel and family may he rest in peace xxx Lots of love Helena Haldane xxxxx

  4. Jenny

    Our deepest sympathy to Majella, Daniel and all the family.... so sorry to hear of Toms death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.... thinking of you.
    Take care......
    From Queensland Australia

  5. carolclarke

    I am sorry to hear about the sad loss of your father in law Tom, We were going to your concert on Monday in Llandudno.Our deepest sympathy to Marjella,Daniel & all your family. Thinking of you. Manchesterx

  6. Marie.Marshall

    Just watched an earlier recording of Majella on RTE very moving just like to wish you and Daniel every happiness for the future enjoy your break together

  7. margaret curtin

    Sending you our thoughts and prayers as you continue the journey to good health. There is a time for treatment and a time for recovery and with love and prayers you will get there. I am on the same journey myself and thank you for your contribution to the cancer journey Majella. My mother in law is in Cuil Did in nursing home in Tralee and it was great to see you visit them Daniel in August and it was a boost for them and it is a marvellous place. Keeping you both in our prayers.


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